Meaning in the cloth – rethinking the prayer shawl


After the band have played the last note, the choir have sat down, the sermon done, the Amen said… the prayer shawl continues on and travels with the person in need.

Rethinking The Prayer Shawl


I’ve known about prayer shawls for some time now, its a simple idea, knit a shawl while praying for a person, then give the shawl to the person and let the prayers and blessings you prayed into the shawl continue to bless. I heard that a local church held regular prayer shawl groups and IContinue reading “Rethinking The Prayer Shawl”

Telling the Bible story through Knitting


It contains almost 400 knitted characters, over 130 animals and numerous rocks, seashells, wine goblets, buildings, boats and scenery. Very few knitting groups could take on the challenge of knitting the bible with such flair and skill.

The Romance of Pattern Writing


I came across a funny little story recently in the book “No Idle Hands – The social history of American knitting” by Anne L. Macdonald. The story tells of a well known bag maker from New England back in the 18th Century. Matilda Emerson, who had a bit of a thing for her widowed parson.Continue reading “The Romance of Pattern Writing”

Updating the doll – EPY week 4


This week has been very productive. I’ve been contacting yarn suppliers and mills, spent a whole weekend dyeing wool, applied for a grant to do some market research and finally am near the point of having a finished product. Well, I say a finished product, but… I want to re-create the idea of the knitted/crochet doll.Continue reading “Updating the doll – EPY week 4”

The Ultimate Sock Doll


Several years ago I first came across sock monkeys, they were crudely made animals made from left over socks and a great recycling use of those odd socks we find in the washing machine. Then the explosion happened and suddenly they were everywhere.    What originally began as an upcycling project became ‘trendy’ and weContinue reading “The Ultimate Sock Doll”